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Construction hits midway point on Shell’s Quest carbon-capture project

Extract from an article by David Howell by the Edmonton Journal on 17 April 2014 FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Construction on Shell Canada’s Quest carbon capture and storage project is at the midway point and the facility should be ready to start operating in late 2015, company officials said Thursday. Quest will be the world’s first […]

Shell blasted amid poverty, conflict

Social Action accuses Shell of handing out payments for so-called security contracts to rival factions on opposing sides, who used the money to buy more weapons and ammunition to sustain the conflict. Extracts from an article published on 20 March 2014 by WAR ON WANT Shell will come under fire on Saturday, World Water Day, […]

Shell says Ho-Ho pipeline shut after leak in Texas

Extracts from a Reuters  article by Selam Gebrekidan published on 7 March 2014 by The Chicago Tribune NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell on Friday said construction crew members punctured its Houston-to-Houma (Ho-Ho) pipeline near Port Neches, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, releasing 364 barrels of crude oil. The company said it shut the pipeline […]

Nigeria ravaged by $20bn oil robbery

It was 2am when a fireball pierced the inky night sky above a small community in the Niger delta. The explosion near Port Harcourt last June killed several people and released 6,000 barrels of crude oil. The cause: contractors hired by Royal Dutch Shell to stop pirates siphoning oil from a huge pipeline were themselves […]

Melting Sea Ice And Arctic Drilling: A Risky Combination

Shell, which has spent billions on buying leases in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas, announced that the drilling program there has been suspended amid a legal battle with environmentalists over whether Shell’s leases were legally granted by the federal government. “Right now, they don’t have the technology, the wherewithal and the capital to put into […]

Oil drilling on US Arctic coast put on ice

Oil companies’ rush to find reserves off Alaska’s Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good. “We will not drill in Alaska in 2014, and we are reviewing our options there,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told reporters in […]

Nigeria: Bonga Oil Spill – FG Fines Shell $11.5 billion

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, was, yesterday, ordered by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the National Oil Spill Response and Emergency Agency, NOSREA, to pay a total of $11.5 billion, about N1.84 trillion, as fines and compensation for the 2011 Bonga oil spill incident. “The kind of impunity Shell and […]

Links to a selection of recent articles relating to Royal Dutch Shell

Links to a selection of recent articles relating to Royal Dutch Shell kindly supplied by a regular contributor Benchmark in Jeopardy: Oil & Gas Journal-Jan 27, 2014: … by increasing the volatility of an important crude oil price marker. … unveiled investigations into suspicions that representatives of Shell, BP, … Price-rigging probes jammed by oil industry bid to protect its secrets: Environment & Energy Publishing-Jan 17, 2014: Shell and […]

Santa Claus Could Be Sitting on Billions of Barrels of Oil

by Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool Jan 25th 2014 For several years now, Shell had hoped that the Alaskan Arctic would their ticket to growth that shareholders would appreciate. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been able to get its act together, and over $4 billion has been spent on wasted efforts.  For peers like […]

Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Blocked By Courts

“This is a massive blow to Shell’s Arctic ambitions,” said John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK told the Guardian. “Shell had already lost the case for Arctic drilling in the court of public opinion – today they have lost the case in a court of law as well.” by Richard Smallteacher, CorpWatch Blog: January 23rd, 2014 […]

Non-Payment By Shell After Oil Spill Triggers Protests

A number of Ogoni people picketed First Bank in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on Wednesday (22 January 2014). Their protests aimed at the execution of a judgment of a Federal High Court, which ordered Shell to pay N80. 3 billion to the Ogoni community, in compensation for an oil spill in the area. The protesters required […]

Controversy over Shell/Gazprom £4 million gifts to Cambridge University

Graphic from the remarkable Guardian newspaper article: Unloveable Shell, the goddess of oil (Click on image to enlarge): Sub-headline: For a century, Shell has explored the Earth to make our lives more comfortable, But in its wake, says Andrew Rowell, lies a trail of corruption, despoliation and death The University of Cambridge has come under […]

Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal

SEATTLE — The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court […]

Remote Alaskan fishing town braces for Arctic oil development

More things went wrong than right for Shell in 2012. On its way out of Alaska at the end of the year, the Kulluk drill rig crashed into a remote island. That triggered a risky rescue mission, criticism from environmental groups the world over and a scathing federal inquiry. Unalaskans watched with interest — just […]